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Alexei Chaly who headed Sevastopol at the time of the city’s reunification with Russia said that dry docks of the Sevastopol Sea Factory should be transferred to the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s ship-repair yard, which accounted for 95% of all ship repair orders fulfilled in the city.
“Considering that the enterprise has no dry docks, its capacity to really fulfill the payable defense order is limited,” Chaly said at a meeting with city administration officials.
“The situation is quite uneasy considering that the Sevastopol Sea Factory is owned by the president of the Ukrainian republic,” Chaly said.
The Sevastopol authorities have already sent several letters to Poroshenko. They are currently checking the legitimacy of the Sevastopol Sea Factory privatization with special attention paid to the rights of ownership to berths and hydraulic engineering installations.
The Sevastopol Sea Factory, which was founded in 1783, has three dry docks. The factory was placed under control of Poroshenko-owned Ukrprominvest in 2010. The factory sold output worth $5.3 million in 2013.
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February.
Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11. They held a referendum on March 16, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals on March 18.
Work to integrate the Crimean Peninsula into Russia’s economic, financial, credit, legal, state power, military conscription and infrastructure systems is actively underway now that Crimea has become a part of Russia.